Namie Amuro – RESPECT the POWER OF LOVE

February 2, 2013 at 5:35 PM | Posted in Namie Amuro | Leave a comment

SINGLE REVIEW
Namie Amuro – RESPECT the POWER OF LOVE

1. RESPECT the POWER OF LOVE -Straight Run-
2. RESPECT the POWER OF LOVE -NYC Uptown remix-
3. RESPECT the POWER OF LOVE -Instrumental-

RESPECT the POWER OF LOVE is the eleventh single by Japanese singer Namie Amuro, released on March 17, 1999. The title song was used as the KOSÉ Cosmetics’ VISÉE CM song and also the Asahi Drink “niceOne” CM song. This single reached #2 on the weekly Oricon charts and charted for 10 weeks. It sold 491,920 copies, becoming the #43 single of 1999.

RESPECT the POWER OF LOVE -Straight Run- finally is another uptempo A-side with a typical 90s pop/dance sound to it, quite like the stuff on ‘SWEET 19 BLUES’ and ‘Concentration 20’. The verses are a bit more intimate, but the chorus sounds like a better version of ‘DON’T WANNA CRY’ with its summerish vibe and gospel choir in the background. The guitar gives this song something funky, and I just like how this turned out for a 1999 song.

Although this remix has a very nice beat and a 90s American hiphop arrangement, RESPECT the POWER OF LOVE is way too static when compared to the lightheartedness of the original. The background music just stays the same for four minutes, no variation, the happy effect is totally gone. And what does NYC have to do with this song anyway. The original gets all the credit again.

OVERALL RATING
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4 stars

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